The work that we do for God seldom goes smoothly. Unforeseen circumstances or opposition from adversaries can present formidable obstacles. Sometimes, problems may arise from within.
About Robert Solomon
Robert M. Solomon served as Bishop of The Methodist Church in Singapore from 2000-2012. He now has an active itinerant ministry of preaching and teaching in Singapore and abroad. He is the author of 19 books, including The Race, The Conscience, The Sermon of Jesus and Faithful to the End.
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Billy Graham wrote, ″The purpose of this Christian society called ‘the church’ is first to glorify God by our worship.″ His words underline the central importance of worship. Nehemiah knew this too.
Nehemiah’s able and inspiring leadership is shown in the way he rallies the people. First, he points them to the mess they are in (Nehemiah 2:17), something they are aware of but do not know how to resolve.
It is often helpful to first examine a problem and see what needs to be done, quietly and prayerfully in the presence of God, rather than under the glare of the public spotlight. This is what Nehemiah does when he arrives in Jerusalem after a 1,000-mile-long journey.
Nehemiah is relieved to hear the king’s positive response. The queen is present, indicating that this might have been a private, more relaxed setting, not a formal court session. Perhaps this helped soften the king’s response.
Evangelist Billy Graham once observed, ″To get nations back on their feet, we must first get down on our knees.″ Nehemiah knows this secret, so he prays day and night for four months. As he does this, a plan begins to form in his mind: he will approach the king about going to Jerusalem to help build its walls.
I knew an old missionary professor who could be talking to people one moment, then seamlessly break into prayer the next to talk to God, with his eyes open, about the matter that had just been shared.
Words are powerful. They can be used to encourage or be the cause of depression. They can inform, mystify, persuade, sustain friendship, or cause deep distress. Words reveal thoughts; words reveal character; clear words explain.
We come to the last written words of the apostle Paul. There is no fanfare, but the simple expression of his love for the Lord and His people. It is all the more moving for its sincerity and depth.
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